Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

County surveyor for the northern district of Co. Tyrone, 1895-1924. Francis Lynam, a son of JAMES LYNAM [2]  JAMES LYNAM [2] and younger brother of PATRICK JOSEPH LYNAM PATRICK JOSEPH LYNAM , was born on 8 October 1863. He studied civil engineering at Queen's College, Galway, from 1881 until 1884, obtaining the Bachelor in Engineering degree with First Honours and First Exhibition in 1884. The following year he was appointed assistant engineer by the River Suck Drainage Board, acting under his father, who was chief engineer to the Board. In 1886 he made surveys and designs for the water supply and sewerage of the proposed convict settlement at Galway, under EDWARD TOWNSEND EDWARD TOWNSEND . From 1886 to 1887 he was assistant to his brother Patrick, the county surveyor for Co. Louth, and in 1890 he assisted Townsend on the survey of the proposed Loughhrea & Woodford railway. He was appointed county surveyor for the northern district of Co. Tyrone on 25 November 1895. Towards the end of his career his area of responsibility was substantially reduced by the county council, which assigned the supervision of Strabane Rural District to an assistant county surveyor. He retired for health reasons on 30 September 1924 at the age of sixty. After his retirement he moved to Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, where he died on 10 September 1933. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. His pupils and assistants included MAURICE SELLARS. MAURICE SELLARS.

Inst.CE: elected associate member, 12 January 1892; erased from roll, 1912.
Association of Municipal and County Engineers: elected member, 1 Aug 1891.(1)
RSAI: elected member, 14 Jan 1896.(2)

Addresses: Francis Street, Dundalk, 1891-1892; County Surveyor's Office, Omagh, 1895-1924.



All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers (courtesy of Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist), from Lynam's obituary in the Tyrone Constitution, 22 Sep 1933, and from Brendan O'Donoghue.

(1) Proc.Inc.Ass. Municipal and County Engineers 29 (1902-1903), list of members.
(2) JRSAI 26 (1896), 95.

2 work entries listed in chronological order for LYNAM, FRANCIS JOHN

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Date: 1906
Nature: Concrete, with span of more than 100 feet.
Refs: Information from Brendan O'Donoghue.

Date: 1914
Nature: Reinforced concrete with 2 30-ft spans.
Refs: Information from Brendan O'Donoghue.